Newsletter date: 19 May 2015
* Analysis / Opinion: Eva Cox, The Conversation: A $147m budget saving missed: income management has failed
* Edited Speech: Paddy Gibson, Green Left: NT Intervention opened way to Aboriginal community closures
* Video of Full Speech: Paddy Gibson, STICS: First Nations Peoples and Australian Government Policy - What happened to the Intervention?
* Video of Q & A: What happened to the Intervention? Q and A: Vimeo from STICS
* News Analysis: Kim Bullimore, Red Flag: From missions to homelands and back to assimilation
* Video Report back: National Freedom Movement - SA Division, YouTube: How Would You Like To Be Me? Forum Trailer
* Report back: Sue Bolton, Green Left: Fighting the new racism
* WGAR Background: Aboriginal Peoples and the impact of the Federal Budget (last updated: 16 May 2015)
* WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention (last updated: 27 May 2014)
* WGAR Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws (last updated: 30 May 2014)
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA (and NT?) (last updated: 16 May 2015)
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- Analysis / Opinion
The Conversation: A $147m budget saving missed: income management has failed
18 May 15: "The expensive and extensive government-funded evaluation of income management in the Northern Territory clearly failed to find it worth ongoing funding. ... Yet the 2015-16 budget has not only included a two-year extension of the services to 25,000 recipients, but signals more expansion of the basic concept. This makes no sense as most forms of income management fail to show positive outcomes, despite some individuals, mainly voluntary participants, claiming income management has benefited them. ... " Author: Eva Cox, Professorial Fellow Jumbunna IHL at University of Technology, Sydney
Eva Cox - The Conversation
Professorial Fellow Jumbunna IHL at University of Technology, Sydney
"I am a public commentator, community change agent, well known feminist, on a postage stamp, Boyer Lecturer 1995, and active social and political researcher. ... I am working on evidence bases for social policy with Jumbunna with an emphasis on income management at present. I have written widely on a range of political and social issues."
- Edited Speech
Green Left: NT Intervention opened way to Aboriginal community closures
16 May 15: "Paddy Gibson spoke at a Stop the Intervention Collective public meeting in April on the Northern Territory Intervention and Western Australian community closures. Gibson has lived in Alice Springs, researching the impact of the Intervention. He is a senior researcher with the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology Sydney and co-editor of Solidarity magazine. This is an edited version of his speech. * * * The roots of the plan to close remote Aboriginal communities lie in the Intervention. The NT Intervention Stronger Futures legislation is John Howard’s Intervention rebadged by the ALP in 2011. ... "
- Video of Full Speech
STICS: First Nations Peoples and Australian Government Policy - What happened to the Intervention? 20 April 2015
Special report back from Paddy Gibson on the effects of current government policies on First Nations Peoples communities.
"Paddy Gibson has just returned from 12 months living in Alice Springs. At this special STICS meeting he gave a presentation looking at the continuing impacts of the NT Intervention, now known as 'Stronger Futures' on Aboriginal living conditions, incarceration and child removal rates. Paddy also discussed how the policy architecture of the Intervention is expanding across the country and why the demand for a repeal of Intervention laws remains as important as ever. Watch his speech: ... "
Vimeo: What happened to the Intervention? - Paddy Gibson: from STICS: https://vimeo.com/125469889
- Video of Q & A
Vimeo: What happened to the Intervention? Q and A: from STICS: https://vimeo.com/125813609
- News Analysis
Red Flag: From missions to homelands and back to assimilation
18 May 15: "It was a cynical public relations exercise. Western Australian Liberal premier Colin Barnett and Aboriginal affairs minister Peter Collier on 7 May issued a media release announcing that Aboriginal people would finally be "consulted" about forced homelands closures. They explained that the proposed closures were about "the way services will be provided to Aboriginal communities to ensure better outcomes in health, education and job prospects, particularly for children". ... But there have been numerous statements by Barnett that the WA government plans to close them down. ... " Kim Bullimore
- Video Report back
National Freedom Movement - SA Division, YouTube: How Would You Like To Be Me? Forum Trailer
Freedom Movement: http://freedommovement2014.wix.com/freedommovement
17 May 15: "The National Freedom Movement (SA Division) brings a compelling forum on the pressing issues facing First Nations Peoples of Australia. With a dynamic panel of speakers including Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Alison Anderson, Michael Ghillar Anderson, Jeff McMullen, and Gerry Georgatos, all the issues of culture, identity and ongoing colonial oppression are set in the political landscape and thoughtfully analysed."
National Freedom Movement - SA Division, YouTube: How Would You Like To Be Me? Forum 2015
"We have many requests to see the footage of the forum online. The full length version will be available very soon on YouTube. In the meantime, please go to our YouTube Channel and watch the trailer so you can get an idea of what is coming. Please share this link with all your friends, colleagues and family. Much Respect" Nadine Schoen, National Freedom Movement
- Report back
Green Left: Fighting the new racism
16 May 15: "Melbourne Resistance Centre was packed on May 9 as people gathered to hear First Nations activists and other anti-racism activists talk about fighting racism in Australia today. The seminar began with Wendy Brabham, nationally-respected Aboriginal academic and traditional owner from the Wamba Wamba, Wergaia, Nyeri Nyeri and Dhudhuroa first nations. ... Tarneen Onus-Williams, a Gunditjmara woman and member of the Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) outlined some of their philosophies. ... " By Sue Bolton, a Moreland City Councillor [in Melbourne] and member of Socialist Alliance
WGAR Background: Aboriginal Peoples and the impact of the Federal Budget
(last updated: 16 May 2015)
WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
(last updated: 27 May 2014)
WGAR Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws
(last updated: 30 May 2014)
WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA (and NT?)
(last updated: 16 May 2015)
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Background to NT Intervention and other NT issues
NT Intervention and other NT issues
WGAR Background: Intervention into Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal communities by the Federal government